Dynasty Fantasy Football’s Most Traded Players

Ryan McDowell

Dynasty League Football is a big place. Sometimes I’ll find myself maneuvering through the website, clicking links that bring me to a page I had nearly forgotten about over the years. That happened recently as I was using the Dynasty Trade Finder. Of all of the handy tools here at DLF, this one is my most used. Whether I am researching an upcoming article or podcast or just checking the actual trade market of a player I am shopping in one of my leagues, I go to the Trade Finder.

Near the top of the Trade Finder page are a few links. You’ve likely ignored those over the year but the one labeled “Reports” can be very useful. That will be our reference for the remainder of this article. This page lists our current top-60 ranked players, along with how many times those players have been traded in the past 30 days as well as the prior 30 days. You can also find the same information for rookie draft picks, but we’ll focus on players today.

Like some of our other tools, the Trade Finder pulls data from actual dynasty leagues hosted on MyFantasyLeague. This means that all trade information found from this tool or mentioned here have actually taken place in a real dynasty league. When sorting by trades over the past 30 days, you’ll see nine players have been involved in at least 40 dynasty trades over the past month. It’s interesting to note that each of these nine players is a wide receiver, and most are ranked between 37 and 54 overall. Let’s look at this month’s list of most traded players.

Brandon Aiyuk, WR SF

The San Francisco 49ers dealt with a carousel of starting quarterbacks in 2022, but that didn’t stop Aiyuk from enjoying a career year. The 25-year-old wideout finished as the WR15 after finishing as a weekly top-24 fantasy producer in 30% of his games. Due a huge pay raise following the upcoming season, there have been rumors that the team could part ways with Aiyuk, regardless of how productive he may be. The quarterback position remains somewhat murky as both Trey Lance and Brock Purdy recover from injuries.

Aiyuk’s value, based on our historical ADP, has been consistent over the past year. He has sported an ADP somewhere between WR23 and WR30 in each of the past eight months. This is a significant drop from his ADP high of WR16 in October of 2021.

Back to the Trade Finder, let’s look at some of the 53 trades Aiyuk has been a part of in recent weeks.

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First, Aiyuk was packaged with young tight end Jelani Woods for an upgrade at the receiver position, acquiring DeVonta Smith, who is currently the WR12 with an 18 overall ADP. While Woods has some upside with what will be a revamped Colts’ offense, he shouldn’t be enough to bridge the gap between the wideouts.

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Deals like the Smith trade are relatively rare in the Trade Finder. What’s more common are transactions like these three, where Aiyuk was flipped for lesser pieces, including Marquise Brown, Courtland Sutton and Russell Wilson, and AJ Dillon along with a late first-round pick.

While there is a great deal of uncertainty about Aiyuk’s future and his role in San Francisco, based on the majority of deals going down in the Trade Finder, the 49ers wide receiver should be a trade target as training camps open.

Chris Godwin, WR TB

Like Aiyuk, Godwin has also been involved in 53 dynasty trades over the past thirty days. Also like Aiyuk, Godwin, along with teammate Mike Evans, is dealing with uncertainty at the quarterback position. Unfortunately for Godwin and the Bucs, the options aren’t nearly as strong following Tom Brady’s retirement.

Godwin is entering his age-27 season and has finished as a top-25 fantasy receiver in four of the past five years, including last season’s WR16 season. It might be those quarterback questions or simply Godwin’s age scaring off dynasty managers, but whatever the cause, his value is steadily trending down. Godwin’s current ADP of WR25 is his lowest since April of 2019.

This value loss is evident in Godwin’s recent trade history as well.

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Acquiring Godwin for a random 2024 first-rounder is very reasonable, but other than that, these trades suggest he is the ideal player to target for “win-now” dynasty teams. Because we should expect his ADP and overall value to continue to decline, he’s a player to sell once the season starts, if your team is not a contender.

Jahan Dotson, WR WAS

This one was a bit surprising, but second-year wideout Dotson was also among the most-traded players of the past month, being dealt 46 times. As a rookie, Dotson was a big-play threat, leading the Commanders with seven receiving touchdowns and finishing with an aDot of 15.2 yards, which is fourth-most among all players with at least 50 targets.

Dotson did miss time with injuries and is the third player on this list facing a quarterback change. It is unclear if Sam Howell will serve as an upgrade for the Commanders. Perhaps it is that uncertainty, along with the presence of veteran Terry McLaurin, that has landed Dotson on this list.

Dotson was among a handful of receivers drafted in the early rounds of the 2022 NFL Draft but he is seemingly not drawing the respect from dynasty managers that the rest of the group is earning. Based on July ADP, it is no surprise to see Garrett Wilson (WR5), Chris Olave (WR8) and Drake London (WR15) leading the pack. Treylon Burks (WR19) and Christian Watson (WR21) and also significantly ahead of Dotson, despite having some of the same questions and concerns entering their second year.

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In the majority of the recently completed trades, Dotson was part of a larger package, making values somewhat difficult to decipher. These three one-for-one deals make Dotson look like a strong buy.

Here is an extended look at the most-traded players over the past 30 days.

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Dynasty Fantasy Football’s Most Traded Players